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From: V. Chandrasekaran (vcs_at_wipinfo.soft.net)
Date: Thu Dec 03 1998 - 15:10:46 PST
Dear members, Sri Ranganatha is coming to Pomona, US. I read this news in THE HINDU online. Many of you may already have known this. adiyEn, chandrasekaran. >Ranganatha idol being transported to U.S. >Date: 04-12-1998 :: Pg: 05 :: Col: d >By Our Staff Reporter >TIRUCHI, Dec. 3. >A 12-tonne black granite idol of Lord Ranganatha, a replica of the Lord in the >reclining posture at the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy Temple, sculpted at >Srirangam for a shrine in the U.S. was being transported on Wednesday to >Chennai for transhipment. >The idol is to be installed at a shrine of Lord Ranganathaswamy at Pomana >near Newark in the U.S., being constructed by the Sri Ranganatha Seva >Samithi in an area of 8,000 sq.ft. The project was started with the blessings of >Srimad Azhagiya Singar Jeeyar Swamigal of the Ahobila Mutt. >The idol is made of black granite acquired specially from Pannaikarapanpatti >near Namakkal. It is 9.5 ft long and 3.6 ft broad and was carved out of a single >stone except for the hood of Adiseshan. >The entire plan of the temple was drawn up by Mr. M. S. Sivaprakasam >Sthapathy, who had designed the rajagopuram of the Srirangam temple. Mr. >Sivaprakasam, was also entrusted with the work of sculpting the idols for the >temple. Along with the idol of Lord Ranganatha (`Sayana Thirumeni'), a set of >12 other deities was also been sculpted. >They include Kothandarama, along with Sita and Lakshmana, Ranganayaki >Thayar, Venugopala, Garuda Azhvar, Mahadesikar, Sri Jeeyar, Anjaneyar, >Ramanuja, Lakshmi Narasimhar and Andal. >On Wednesday, the idols were loaded on trucks after the performance of >``yatra dhanam and Prana Prathistai'' by Mr. Sundar Battar and Mr. Seshadri >Swamigal.